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To reduce the housing benefit bill drastically So families don't have to choose between food or rent So people can afford to live in the city with the most jobs in the UK So there is less incentive to become a buy to let landlord, thus allowing first time buyers more opportunities to buy properties
Most young people who work in London know that they will have to move far out of London if they want to have a family as rents for family size properties are so high e.g. £350 a week fo
Rasmea Odeh, a survivor of vicious torture at the hands of the Israeli military, will be compelled to undergo hours of psychological evaluation by a government forensic examiner, according to a ruling by Federal Judge Gershwin Drain. Drain cancelled a September 22 hearing on the matter in Detroit, where supporters from across the Midwest had planned to join Rasmea.
At least half a million children in the United States have been poisoned by lead. And although it is totally preventable American children are still poisoned each day. Lead in household paint - once marketed as durable and safe - became recognised as toxic, especially to children. It was banned in 1978, but lead paints still exist in tens of millions of older US homes. Once it starts to flake, the paint chips and dust put lead into the air, soil and our bodies. Children are the most susceptible to being poisoned because their bodies absorb the toxic metal at higher rates than adults. Studies have shown that lead, especially at higher levels, can cause irreversible brain damage in children. Children who have suffered from lead poisoning are more likely to have lower IQs, long-term health problems, be diagnosed with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and exhibit aggressive behaviour. "These are kids who are not going to do well in school, who may drop out of school, may end up committing crimes, who then may end up going to prison," says Rachel Dissell, a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. When lead was found in the water in the US city of Flint, Michigan, there was outrage from the public as well as federal officials. But at the time, according to some estimates, the city of Cleveland had almost three times the number of children suffering from lead poisoning. "When you're holding a glass of water in Flint and you can see it's an odd colour and it smells bad. This just shouts 'we need to pay attention'. Lead in Cleveland and in most other cities is invisible. The problem is invisible and it always has been," says Brie Zeltner, a reporter for The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Federal dollars for lead poisoning prevention across the country have been severely cut in the past several years. Cleveland, which almost exclusively relied on that money, has had little else in place to prevent poisoning. The city requires no lead testing before home sales and it doesn't offer any public record of lead safe homes. So what is being done to prevent lead poisoning? And why are American policymakers and communities not doing more to protect America's children? Fault Lines travels to Cleveland, Ohio, to investigate the high levels of lead poisoning in children in the inner cities of America and ask how and why hundreds of children are still being poisoned by lead each year in the US.
http://democracynow.org - In Florida, State Attorney Angela Corey has been defeated in her re-election bid. Corey had faced widespread criticism for her handling of several prominent cases, including the killing of African-American teenager Trayvon Martin by white neighborhood watch vigilante George Zimmerman and the case of Marissa Alexander, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for firing what she maintains was a warning shot at her abusive husband. For more, we speak with freelance journalist Victoria Law. Her recent piece for The Nation is "Why Is Marissa Alexander Still Being Punished for Fighting Back.
Please help support the campaign to free Rick Wershe by liking the Free Richard Wershe Jr page and inviting others to do the same. Rick Wershe has already spent more than 28 years in prison for a non-violent drug offense he was arrested for at the age of 17. Please circulate the page link widely and share on your wall, in groups, forums and all across the internet. Thanks in advance! Free Richard Wershe Jr. Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/FreeRickWersheJr/
The night before, Russ and his wife were ticketed in Santa Monica for sleeping on the sidewalk. Criminalization of people experiencing homelessness is growing. It’s the fastest way to get homeless people out of sight, …
Prosecutor Says Might Be OK With Release of 'White Boy Rick'
The Wayne County prosecutor might reverse her opposition to the release of a Detroit-area drug dealer nicknamed "White Boy Rick," who has been in prison for 28 years for crimes when he was a teen. Kym Worthy says her office is reviewing the case of Richard Wershe (WER'-she), who is serving a life sentence with occasional opportunities for parole. The state parole board so far has declined to release him, but his chances could improve if the prosecutor has no objection.
In Arkansas, a mother has been released after spending 35 days in a county jail after she accidentally bounced a $29 check five years ago. Nikki Petree was sentenced to jail last month by a judge accused of running a debtors’ prison. Petree had already been arrested at least seven times over the bounced check, and paid at least $600 in court fines—more than 20 times more than the original debt. Petree said, "Every time I go to jail, they’d let me out immediately for $100. They’d turn around and add $600 or $700 more to my bond. I couldn’t afford to pay. They cornered me, and there was no way out from underneath it. I felt overwhelmed and hopeless."
This is a “special edition” of the Informant America blog. This week I submitted a sworn affidavit to the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio regarding my detailed investigation into errors, distortions and outright lies in front of the Michigan Parole Board in Rick Wershe’s one and only parole hearing in 2003. I am working on a book about Rick Wershe and the “War on Drugs” and I have reviewed the court record in the Wershe case.
Lamont Banks, Cliff Stewart, and Lisa Stewart of the Colorado exoneration firm A Just Cause, discuss what happens when the wheels of justice trample unbridled over the rights of innocent Americans. Tonight's Guests are Greg Newburn, Director of State Policy for Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) and Alton Mills, who at 25 received a mandatory life-without-parole sentence for conspiracy to traffic drugs with intent to distribute. President Obama commuted Alton's sentence on December 18, 2015, and he was released in 2016. A Just Cause is currently campaigning for "FreeTheIRP6," who's been wrongly imprisoned in Florence, CO. For more information about A Just Cause and to Donate to the IRP6 legal defense fund, visit www.a-justcause.com. Follow us on Twitter: @AJCRadio, @A_JustCause, @FreeTheeIRP6, @FreeeTheIRP6 and Like our Facebook Pages: https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCoast2Coast, and https://www.facebook.com/AJustCauseCO, https://www.facebook.com/FreetheIRP6 Thank you for your support!
Establishment candidates cruised to victory across Florida, but one upset came in the Republican primary race in Florida’s 4th circuit. The circuit encompasses Duval County and the city of Jacksonville. Running for her third term as a tough, law-and-order prosecutor, State Attorney Angela Corey has been called by the Nation this year “the cruelest prosecutor in America." She found herself suddenly out of step with voters’ changing attitudes about crime and punishment. Local outlets called the race in favor of her opponent, Melissa Nelson, a former assistant district attorney, shortly after the polls closed.
It is no secret that CDCr’s counterintelligence units have been plotting revenge on the class members of Ashker v. Brown to have us returned to indefinite solitary confinement. Therefore, it is reasonable to conclude that it wasn’t a matter of coincidence, as we embark upon the first anniversary of Brotha Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell's assassination, that the media began leaking fraudulent reports to the public generated by IGI, ISU, OCS and the FBI about the BGF plotting to avenge the death of Hugo Pinell.
Downtown Chicago is prospering. Property values are rising, Summer concerts and festivals have brought in more people and helped the economy. But there is another side to the city - where there's poverty, despair and danger from gangs and, residents say, from police. And that's the part of town where most of Chicago's black residents live. Just on Saturday night alone, three people were killed and over a dozen wounded in drive by shootings.
i Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has decided, at long last, that maybe, perhaps, she should take a second look at parole for Richard “White Boy Rick” Wershe, Jr. who is serving a life prison term for a non-violent drug conviction when he was a teenager. Wershe is no ordinary doper. He was a secret teen informant for the FBI, and he told on some very politically connected people who were profiting from the Detroit drug trade. Worthy has fought ferociously to keep Wershe in prison even though opinions among many in law enforcement and the general public, have changed about Wershe. What did she say about parole for Wershe and what’s next?on
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